The famous GLYC post Twilight Race $10 Dinner is available again this year.
Meal tickets will be available at the bar to those who have indicated a meal requirement prior to 4 pm, either on the meals sign-up sheet alongside the sailing sign-on sheet, or alternately, email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime on Tuesday.......but prior to 4 pm so that the volunteers have time to prepare enough meals. Dinner will still be served even if the race is abandoned due to strong winds.
The "Spirit of Chase"
For most of us, the overriding objective of this event is to have fun and perhaps at the same time strive to catch the boat in front, or for the front markers, to hold off the pursuing pack. The handicap system is attempting to bring all boats into the action and permitting many boats to grace the podium during the course of the season. Unfortunately, boats starting excessively later than their allotted time, or boats using spinnakers (which are actually banned from this race), impact on the integrity and fairness of the handicap system. By all means, if you are just out there for practise, do join in, but please do not cross the finish line or if that is not possible because of your berthing location, please let the Finishing Official know. (Usually Alistair Robertson)
Every thing you don't really need to know about the Twilight Race Handicap System
Objective - The aim of the Twilight Race Handicap System is to give all boats a chance of winning a race during the course of the season, or at least enable them to be in the front end action towards the end of a race. To facilitate that aim, we are trying for a constant elapsed time for each race. Benchmark boats start at 5:15PM and first boat home at 6:45PM
Times are initially set at the start or the season based on the following known factors
- CBH rating for boat
- Past performances.
- Perceived skill level of skipper and crew.
Time adjustments may be any one or more of the following.
- Adjustment for race finishing position. (Graduated adjustment according to fleet size and finish position)
- Adjustment for very light breeze. ( for selected heavy displacement boats)
- Adjustment for heavy breeze. ( for selected heavy displacement boats)
- Realign starting time to 5:15 for benchmark boat.
- Corresponding change to the rest of the fleet to maintain relativities if adjustment 4 is used
- Reassessment of the accuracy of the original start time as a result of consistent rear of fleet finishes.
The result of the adjustments listed above make it impossible to make sense of week to week times without understanding which of the above changes have been implemented and I completely understand queries along the lines of “what the hell is happening here?”
THE almost BOTTOM LINE...............HAVE FAITH
Anyone interested in a detailed case study can email email@example.com.
A regular email of race start times and results may also be arranged via the same email address.